It does sound as though CNM's program has been suffering a lot of tumult lately, but inside sources tell me that the dust is settling and things are on the up and up. I also did my prereqs at CNM and was accepted to the nursing program there. I start this summer.I would definitely avoid CArrington, Pima, and other high-priced schools.
Like you, I deliberated as to which program would be the best choice for me. I do think that SFCC's program is probably excellent. Personally, I wasn't too keen on the idea of commuting or relocating. I also think that staying in ABQ offers better variety w/ respect to clinical rotations. CNM and UNM nursing students learn at the same sites: Pres, UNMH, Lovelace, and a few other hospitals/facilities. I researched the hell out of UNM's nursing program and came away with a bad impression. For one thing, the cost is unjustifiable, esp. for someone like me who already has degrees in other fields. For another, much of the coursework is online (for clinical nursing?!) and I didn't like the snobbish attitude I encountered at UNM's CON. What do they have to be so snobbish about, anyway? It's not like they're Harvard. I think CNM offers a solid education; you'll be a confident practitioner upon graduation. Also, the price can't be nicer. Tuition is "free." The CNM program is getting more competetive (at least, that's the word on the street), so a high GPA and a HESI score over 93 is your best bet.
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I just finished my prereqs at CNM and they are obviously having a difficult time with their program. With my GPA and HESI I finished just under whats needed for full points to apply at CNM. So Im a little flustered about that.
SFCC is a great choice and UNM Valencia has an ASN program also. Im considering all of them but Im nervous about the whole application fiasco. So where did you guys graduate and whats the best way in?
What are the thoughts on the private schools here (Carrington, TVI, ect)? I want to continue my degree to a BSN but I've heard most schools wont even consider taking those credits (UNM). I do know a lot of people starting nursing at theses schools but Im unsure about them.
On a positive note I just landed an awesome Tech job at a really great hospital here! So hopefully that will open some doors for me and expand my options.
Any thoughts would help! Thanks in advance!!